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    Diversity and inclusion: it’s a numbers game, but not the one most people think

Diversity and inclusion: it’s a numbers game, but not the one most people think

If you were to ask a randomly selected member of the baby boomer generation what success looks like when it comes to diversity and inclusion, there’s a good chance you’d be told it was ‘representation’ (Smith, C.; Turner, S., 2015). In the representation paradigm the goal is simply about the head count – it is a numbers game. Each […]

Leadership for a divided world

In the 2020 US election, a record 75,401,434 people and counting turned out to vote the incumbent president out of office. This close and protracted race is a reminder that Trump and his base are far from a peripheral minority.

Trump’s rise to power in 2016 signalled a backlash to diversity that all of us around the world still need to […]

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    Brands support #BlackLivesMatter on social media, but what’s missing?

Brands support #BlackLivesMatter on social media, but what’s missing?

The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) was first established in the summer of 2013 and resurfaced in 2020 after the killing of George Floyd in police custody. Protests took place across the United States bringing further attention to issues of inequality across the American criminal justice system. Social media was used around the world to show solidarity with the […]

The enemy within: the isolated B in BAME

Let’s face it, no one wants to talk race – for some it is inelegant or frankly improper, for others it blurs the lines of political correctness, but for most of us it’s just outright uncomfortable! Yet whatever group we identify with, race is something we cannot circumvent nor ignore. It surreptitiously pervades every aspect of our existence.

With all […]

To drive innovation, you must understand your ecosystem

In 1878 Leo Tolstoy released what would become one of his most acclaimed works, the novel ‘Anna Karenina’. The book started with a quote that over the centuries has transcended disciplines: ‘Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way’.

When taken literally, the quote is a good reflection on family life and family conduct. […]

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    The ghost in the machine: governing ‘data’ in intellectual monopolies

The ghost in the machine: governing ‘data’ in intellectual monopolies

“The observer is a participant, as the great revolution in quantum physics has taught us.”
― Will Eaves, Murmur.

Will Eaves short story ‘Murmur’ is a fictive account of the life of the British scientist Alan Turing. Personifying the individual struggles of Turing against the bureaucratic violence of his time, the story also does a remarkable job of intertwining the scientist’s research with […]

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    From pill to platform: the future of pharma lies beyond illness

From pill to platform: the future of pharma lies beyond illness

What do people want from their health care? A new pill? Not really… What they really want is to live long, healthy disability-free lives, and then die fast and painlessly. The reason that what people get is different from what they need lies in the multiple healthcare challenges we face at the moment, including but not limited to fragmented, […]

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    How semiotics drive workplace culture change during the pandemic

How semiotics drive workplace culture change during the pandemic

A vicious cycle has been taking over many businesses amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

First, many homebound workers have been dealing with stress, fear, and social isolation. One global survey, organised by the University of Minnesota, found “a great deal of uncertainty across multiple life domains, causing increased psychological challenges. Respondents generally felt more stressed, depressed, anxious, nervous and more overwhelmed.” […]

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    The cyclical relationship between innovation and inclusion in the workplace

The cyclical relationship between innovation and inclusion in the workplace

Workplaces are constantly evolving in the modern-day world. As such, business leaders must be readily adaptable in responding to new situations and problems as they occur. This continual advancement can cause a shift in the focus of an organisation’s business goals. Two areas that have seen recent prolonged interest within organisations are: innovation, and diversity and inclusion (D&I).

Innovation has […]

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    Once women embrace STEM, there’s no going back to the old culture of ‘pink-collar’ jobs

Once women embrace STEM, there’s no going back to the old culture of ‘pink-collar’ jobs

In 2020, the gender wage gap is essentially due to two main factors. First, occupational segregation, in particular the underrepresentation of women in maths and science in education and in the labour market, while these fields are important avenues of professional success and high earnings. Second, women’s weaker attachment to paid work: interrupted careers, shorter working hours, and higher […]

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    Managing the business challenges of COVID-19: the voice of leading academics

Managing the business challenges of COVID-19: the voice of leading academics

Leading academics in economics, management, and behavioural science, and leaders in major London businesses took part in a roundtable discussion in which they shared insights and ideas on how businesses can meet and adapt to the profound challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, hosted jointly by LSE and the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI), took place on […]

Transgender people suffer discrimination in the job market

Some may take the statement in the title of this post as completely obvious. It was therefore quite surprising to us that no study had previously attempted a rigorous experimental test of whether transgender applicants face discrimination in the hiring process. Previous studies have instead tended to rely on self-report measures where transgender people report experiencing relatively high rates […]

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    There’s no such thing as mental retirement: older workers willingly engage in learning

There’s no such thing as mental retirement: older workers willingly engage in learning

Prejudices about unproductive older workers are widespread. They are said to be slower, to be overwhelmed by modern information and communication technology (ICT), and to be sick more often. Based on these beliefs, it appears that employers discriminate against older individuals, which hurts their employment prospects. Moreover, if the beliefs are wrong, firms lose older workers’ potential for added […]

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    How firms can encourage courageous conversations about racism in the workplace

How firms can encourage courageous conversations about racism in the workplace

When black women were asked where they are most likely to experience racism the top answer was  work.

No company or country can say that they do not have a problem with racism. Organisations must tackle discrimination in the workplace, rooting out systemic racism, and accelerate gender and racial equity.

The global outpouring since the terrible murder of George Floyd has […]

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    Hidden from public view, directors’ pay in Malaysia leads to inefficiency and inequality

Hidden from public view, directors’ pay in Malaysia leads to inefficiency and inequality

Ownership and control of business corporations by state or government is common in Asian economies. Whether this is a better governance practice than the market-based model of developed economies remains a subject of intellectual discourse. Although studies on corporate governance question the efficiency of state ownership and control of business entities (Shleifer and Vishny, 1997), the efficiency of remuneration […]

Your supervisor’s personality impacts you forever

From experience, you know that some supervisors will motivate you to do a good job while others can have a negative impact on your performance; some supervisors are supportive while others are more critical. These differences across supervisors extend to how generous supervisors are when rating the performance of subordinates during annual performance reviews. They are not innocuous as […]

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    Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Why male executives should not be praised for taking paternity leave

Recently, I announced that my wife and I are expecting, and that I’ll be taking the full 12 weeks of paternity leave offered by my company, G2.com. I wasn’t prepared for the kinds of responses that would come rushing in. Through social media, emails, texts, and phone calls, I’ve been getting much more than congratulations. I’ve been praised, and […]

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    Freelancing platforms want to become agile channels to attract large corporations

Freelancing platforms want to become agile channels to attract large corporations

Over the last decade we have seen the birth of an entirely new industry of freelancing platforms – such as Upwork, Freelancer or Gigster — that match the talent available in both domestic and global markets with the pressing demand for digital skills. Compared to traditional hiring channels, freelancing platforms dramatically improve a company’s agility in matching its needs […]

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    Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Board gender quotas bring women to the board but not to senior management

Gender-specific board quotas have become an end in itself. Previous research evidence from Norway and Italy shows that even though board quotas increase the share of women in the boardroom, they do not advance the prospects for women further down the career ladder. Unlike European countries, South Africa did not only introduce targets for company boards but most importantly […]

Can technology stress at work impair partnerships at home?

Imagine Hannah sitting in her office and waiting for an email from a colleague with crucial information for an upcoming meeting with her boss. Unfortunately, her email program erroneously filters the email as spam, producing severe time delays, and messing up Hannah’s meeting. Over the course of the day, Hannah cannot let go of the stress and the negative […]

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